The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education takes an active roll in raising awareness about mental health in our communities. The institute has been busy during the pandemic! While we miss seeing our participants and supporters in person, we have responded to the current public health crisis with new methods of delivering mental health training and education. We developed a new workshop entitled “Cultivating Emotional Wellness Amidst COVID-19.” We delivered it remotely several times and more than 200 participants have already completed the workshop. Sadly, the isolation and anxiety related to the pandemic have led to increases in suicide attempts and fatal drug overdoses. We designed and delivered a 3-hour workshop on reducing youth suicide and had more than 60 participants attend via Zoom. We have also been collaborating with Mental Health America of Illinois and Mental Health America of the North Shore to deliver remote community conversations on a broad range of important topics including: Parenting Through the Pandemic, Supporting Teens During Challenging Times, Building Resilience During a Pandemic, Self-Care and Treatment Resources for Anxiety and Depression as well as a conversation on Supporting Adult Children Living with Mental Illness. Starting in August, these community conversations will be held monthly at 7pm on the third Thursday of each month. This summer, we expanded our work with the Evanston Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program and delivered six mental health workshops to the youth participants of that program. We were asked to join other nonprofit leaders in Evanston to collaborate weekly to help Evanston residents thrive during the pandemic. We are working with a number of community partners in Evanston to launch the Mental Health is Essential educational and wellness campaign. By September, we will be able to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training virtually. If you are interested in becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid, please email our Executive Director, Kate Mahoney at NRCinstitute@thechicagoschool.edu and she will respond with our Fall training dates. The course involves a 2-hour self-study course followed approximately two weeks later by a 4-hour class delivered via Zoom.
Check out our recent activities and contributions:
- Meet our New Executive DirectorKate Mahoney is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health. Kate earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University. She completed her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute, Kate ...
- The Impact of Misused Opioids1.5 Million Adults Experiencing Serious Mental Illness Misused Opioids in the Past Year. Read article here: https://www.samhsa.gov/
- Seize the AwkwardSeize the Awkward serves as a great new resource that features tutorial videos, information on warning signs, conversation starters, tips on how to sustain a conversation around mental health, and personal story videos from inspiring influencers like Hannah Hart, Liza Koshy, Remi Cruz and Tyler Posey. View video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r47l4eUU1bc